Roofs with a view: Brussels’ rooftop bars are back!

20 May 2022
Sunset on the Solar rooftop with the City Hall tower in the background

When you think of rooftop bars you think of trendy sky-high oases in Singapore, New York or Bangkok. Well, Brussels is right up there too. You'll also find many terrace bars with breathtaking views of the capital, because here too, the phenomenon is on the rise!

Far above the noise of the city, relax with a drink and a snack and take in fantastic views and music at various locations in the capital. And unlike in other major cities, this little dose of luxury won't break the bank! Here's an overview.

The Roof, by The 1040

The 1040 is a household name with gourmets in the European Quarter. It's the restaurant of chef Jean-Philippe Watteyne, located in the five-star Sofitel Brussels Europe hotel on Place Jourdan. This summer, the restaurant is opening its own roof terrace: an excellent move! Here you can enjoy a variation of their menu made up of mostly small dishes and sharing platters in complete safety. The roof terrace doesn't serve dishes from the restaurant, but be sure to go in one day to eat there. It's possible to book the rooftop terrace for private functions. Open from Thursday to Sunday, from 17:00 to 22:00.

Terrace and view from The 1040

Secret Rooftop by Warwick

It’s well-known that locals rarely have a clue about the hotel offerings in their region or city. This also applies to Brussels. A shame really, because there are some real gems out there! This summer, roof terraces will change all that. You do not even have to spend the night there, they are open to everyone. Take, for example, the five-star Warwick Brussels hotel, near Central Station. Their elegant roof terrace offers a breathtaking view of the Grand-Place and the historic centre of Brussels. From Tuesday to Sunday, enjoy a glass of bubbly or a house cocktail in style. Open from 17:00 to 23:00.

Clients on the Warwick's Secret Rooftop with a view of the City Hall and the roofs of Brussels

Soko Rooftop

Opened only last year, Soko Rooftop has become a highlight in Brussels. It's all down to its exceptional location. This roof terrace on the eleventh floor of a building complex at the Quatre Bras crossroad is right on the edge of the Sonian Forest. Gaze out to the horizon, over the lush foliage of Brussels' largest green lung. It's a great place for a healthy dose of oxygen, delicious snacks, drinks and, of course, fun-filled evenings! It even has a space that can be reserved for private events. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 17:00.

The View - Summer Terrace

This rooftop also saw the light of day for the first time in 2020 and it was a resounding success. The team from Birdy Brussels nightclub had to get creative and came up with the brilliant idea of using the roof terrace of Silo Brussels. This former brewery on the Willebroek Canal was transformed in record time into a colourful summer rooftop terrace. From July, you can once again enjoy dishes and cocktails after work in flamingo-pink seats in a cosy lounge arrangement. The atmosphere is top-notch and the palm trees and Japanese cherry trees provide a unique, exotic touch. Open Thursday to Sunday, from 19:00 to 01:00.

Armchairs on The View Terrace with a view of the horizon

Beursschouwburg

Close to the Bourse building you'll find another sublime roof terrace, on the top floor of the Beursschouwburg. This multidisciplinary arts centre has long occupied a special place in the hearts of the people of Brussels. You are more than welcome to chill out and have a drink with friends. First you have to climb the 107 stairs but they are, believe us, a real stairway to heaven! The rooftop is open in June from Thursday to Saturday, from 17:00 to 01:00, and the rest of the time is accessible during parties and concerts, for an admission fee; check the programme.

DJ at the entrance of the Rooftop during a party in the Beursschouwburg

Rooftop Perché

Perché the roof terrace of the trendy Jam Hotel, is a former art school in the Châtelain neighbourhood that designer Lionel Jadot transformed into an absolute dream location. You feel like you're always on holiday here. Perché occupies two floors: downstairs you can relax or go for a paddle in the heated pool (hotel guests have priority). Upstairs, you can enjoy a phenomenal view of Brussels. There are also delicious culinary bites, delicious cocktails and a great musical atmosphere. No need to book unless you're coming with a large group. From 17:00 to 01:00, and from 16:00 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

albert

In 2020, albert made an impressive debut on the Brussels summer hotspots scene and this year, they're back for more! The team at albert restaurant will once again be welcome us in a relaxed atmosphere, on the roof terrace on top of the KBR building. You can enjoy the rooftop during the day from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00. Enter in style up the marble staircase of the Palace of Charles of Lorraine!

Overview of the Albert rooftop before opening

Solar Rooftop

Brussels' newest rooftop restaurant, Solar is located on the roof of Bozar, one of the most prestigious buildings in the city centre and the brainchild of Victor Horta. This cultural crossroads is also being transformed into a terrace with a spectacular view of the heart of Brussels and the Palace of Justice. Far from distorting the building, this rooftop fulfils one of the architect's wishes, who had imagined a flat roof to accommodate the public. Now that's a reality! The terrace is open until 30 September from 12 noon to 23:00, but will be closed between 22 July and 15 August.

Bonus rooftop

Toit-terrasse WIELS

Located in Forest, WIELS is one of the most important contemporary art centres in Europe. The institution has taken over the Wielemans Ceuppens brewery, a rare example of modernist industrial architecture in Brussels. During opening hours (Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 to 18:00, and the first and third Wednesdays of the month, 11:00 to 21:00), it's possible to access its roof, which offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the capital, free of charge. However, despite the building once housing a brewery, this terrace does not have a bar, so you can only get drunk on the view it offers. It's a calm, even meditative way to enjoy the calm of the city's rooftops.

View of Brussels from the roof terrace of WIELS